The 2021 Mercedes C-Class (W206/S206) is the first-ever Mercedes C-Class available exclusively with electrified engines. The sensuous new C-Class hits the dealer lots this summer, beginning with Germany and other European markets, and then in India.
2021 Mercedes C-Class specifications
As Daimler begins pruning its portfolio of conventional engines, the Mercedes C-Class has seen a complete shift to four-cylinder engines. The entire powertrain range comprises only 1.5- and 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines. Customers who seek more exciting drivability with engines with more cylinders, can opt for the compact engines with electrification.
M254 1.5-litre petrol, M254 2.0-litre petrol, and OM654M are the options in the new generation. As standard, all three get an integrated second-generation starter-generator (ISG). In addition to the power and torque produced by the engine, the driver can use up to 15 kW (20 PS) and 200 Nm generated by the ISG. The ISG is enabled by a 48-volt partial on-board electrical system, which allows functions such as energy recovery, boosting, and gliding.
2021 Mercedes C-Class engines
|Aspect||2021 C-Class C180||2021 C-Class C200||2021 C-Class C200 4MATIC||2021 C-Class C300||2021 C-Class C300 4MATIC||2021 C-Class C220d||2021 C-Class C C300d|
|Transmission||9-speed auto||9-speed auto||9-speed auto||9-speed auto||9-speed auto||9-speed auto||9-speed auto|
|Engine Power||170 PS||204 PS||204 PS||258 PS||258 PS||200 PS||265 PS|
|Engine Torque||250 Nm||300 Nm||300 Nm||400 Nm||400 Nm||440 Nm||550 Nm|
|Electric Power||20 PS||20 PS||20 PS||20 PS||20 PS||20 PS||20 PS|
|Electric Torque||200 Nm||200 Nm||200 Nm||200 Nm||200 Nm||200 Nm||200 Nm|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||8.6 seconds||7.3 seconds||7.1 seconds||6.0 seconds||6.0 seconds||7.3 seconds||5.7 seconds|
|Top Speed||231 km/h||246 km/h||241 km/h||250 km/h||250 km/h||245 km/h||250 km/h|
Soon after the market premiere (European launch) of the all-new Mercedes C-Class mild-hybrid, an all-new Mercedes C-Class plug-in hybrid goes on sale. The 2021 Mercedes C-Class plug-in hybrid will have a bigger battery pack with a total capacity of 25.4 kWh. Thanks to this bigger battery pack, the all-new C-Class PHEV 2021 will be able to have a pure electric range of around 100 km in Europe’s WLTP.
An 11 kW 3-phase AC on-board charger is standard in the 2021 C-Class PHEV. Optionally, the battery pack can be fully charged at 55 kW using a DC charger in just around 30 minutes.
The 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission is standard in both all-new C-Class mild-hybrid and all-new C-Class plug-in hybrid, and it has been modified to adapt the ISG. The electric motor, power electronics, and transmission cooler have been relocated into or to the transmission. Also new is a rear-axle steering option for better manoeuvrability at low speeds and better handling at high speeds. It reduces the turning circle by over 40 cm to under eleven metres.
2021 Mercedes C-Class dimensions
|Aspect||2021 Mercedes C-Class dimensions||2020 Mercedes C-Class dimensions||Difference|
|Length||4,751 mm||4,686 mm||+65 mm|
|Width||1,820 mm||1,810 mm||+10 mm|
|Height||1,438 mm||1,447 mm||– 9 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,865 mm||2,840 mm||+25 mm|
|Front Headroom||1,041 mm||1,039 mm||+2 mm|
|Rear Headroom (without sunroof)||955 mm||942 mm||+13 mm|
|Rear Headroom (with sunroof)||952 mm||942 mm||+10 mm|
|Front Elbow Room||1,476||1,454||+22 mm|
|Rear Elbow Room||1,477||1,462||+15 mm|
|Front Shoulder Room||1,430||1,404||+26 mm|
|Rear Shoulder Room||1,411||1,398||+13 mm|
|Boot Space||455 litres||455 litres||0 mm|
2021 Mercedes C-Class design & features
The 2021 Mercedes C-Class has an evolutionary design that makes it sportier and more athletic, and at the same time, retains the elegance associated with the nameplate. No other rear-wheel drive mid-size luxury car flaunts a “cab-backward design” as well as the three-pointed star’s C-Class. The 2021 Mercedes C-Class boasts flatter headlamps with new light system ‘Digital Light’, and two-piece LED rear lights, with the light functions divided between the side wall and boot lid lamps.
The interior is more sumptuous and classier, with looks borrowed and elements shared with the 2021 Mercedes S-Class (W223). The wing-like dashboard seamlessly merges with the centre console, creating a floating effect. There’s a greater emphasis on digitalisation, with the control of vehicle functions delegated to a large portrait touchscreen measuring 9.5 or 11.9 inches diagonally. Also different from the old model is the standardisation of a fully digital instrument cluster; a 10.25-inch driver display is standard, while a 12.3-inch driver display is optional.
Following the 2021 Mercedes S-Class, the all-new Mercedes C-Class is the brand’s second model to feature the second generation of MBUX, which comes with a fingerprint scanner. The Hey Mercedes voice assistant is more interactive and capable of learning. A Smart Home function allows controlling smart home devices and appliances from the car. Major music streaming services have been fully integrated into the MBUX infotainment system. Another highlight is an Augmented Video feature in which the live feed of the front camera is shown on the central display.
2021 Mercedes C-Class India launch
The all-new Mercedes C-Class will likely go on sale in India in the first half of 2022. Expect Daimler to offer the C200, C220d, and C300d rear-wheel drive mild-hybrid variants at the launch.
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